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Planting Green Roofs and Living Walls Hardcover – April 15, 2008
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“For those who lack a yard and want to green a roof or wall, this resource offers important technical advice, along with horticultural recommendations for flat, sloped, and vertical surfaces. Dunnett and Kingsbury review examples of ornamental projects and stress the wide-ranging benefits of greening buildings, from recreational aspects to increased energy efficiency.”
“Gardening gurus will appreciate the thorough knowledge the writers share regarding various techniques and resources required to plant green roofs and living walls, discussing, for example, how soil depth and environmental stress will affect plant choice and maintenance.”
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The living wall section on the other hand was thin. There was no mention of the living wall system Patrick Blanc developed which is much more interesting than putting up a wire trellis and planting vines next to it. The other comment i would have is that almost all of the examples are from Europe. We have fabulous examples in the US with more relevant plant materials and weather conditions.
Finally I would say that the authors didn't seem interested in exploring native plant materials and instead focused on a few cookie cutter plants commonly planted all over the northern hemisphere. Not unlike McDonalds.
Organic Architecture with Plants
Greenroofs, living walls, and various other bio-engineering techniques are introduced and the authors cite the associated benefits and reasons why we should be integrating these measures of organic architecture into our built environments. The authors refer to current international research and technology; background and history are touched on; and benefits and applications of these "ecotechnologies" are discussed at length. Yet, a "How-To Build" book this is not; basic principles are set out and tools for further research are provided.
Benefits at a Range of Scales
The section "Why Build Green Roofs?" explores hard evidence and the various benefits operating at a range of scales from amenity and aesthetic values to economic and environmental aspects. Increased roof life, insulation and energy efficiency, green building assessment and public relations, biodiversity and wildlife value, water management, air pollution, and fire prevention and risks are discussed with supporting evidence.Read more ›
Enter the book "Planting Green Roofs and Living Walls" By Nigel Dunnet and Noel Kingsbury. Some good ole boys from Germany who love to talk about vines and roof grass. Who would have thought there are German Hippies? Well, it takes a German Hippy to figure this stuff out. The book is first part - roofs, second part heavy vines. Most references in the book are related to Wisteria,which is why it works so well.
I learned alot about what I needed. Great addition to the library for any vine gardener.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
When I was living up in the emerald jewel of northern California, I came across a vendor who was promoting the benefits of sustainable living. Read morePublished on October 5, 2011 by Sean McAlpine
This is a great overall guide to the benefits and implementation of green roofs for small or large construction projects.Published on November 30, 2010 by S. Perkins
I found the book informative and useful. There are lots of examples of green roofs, how to make them, which plants to use, the impct on the environment and a lot more. Read morePublished on April 9, 2010 by Liz H. Christensen
While there is a lot of information available on green roofs, much of the older writing is in German. Read morePublished on August 26, 2009 by Colleen M. Butler